Tales of Terror

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"A Trilogy of Shock and Horror!"
  • NR
  • 1962
  • 1 hr 29 min
  • 6.8  (8,336)
  • 68

In Tales of Terror, Vincent Price stars in a compilation of three stories of horror with a comedic twist. The three tales are based on short stories by Edgar Allan Poe. In the first story, "Morella," a man is reunited with his estranged daughter, Lenora, after the passing of his wife, Morella. However, Lenora is convinced that her father was responsible for her mother's death and seeks revenge. The plot twists and turns as Lenora becomes more and more unhinged, leading to a shocking ending.

The second story, "The Black Cat," follows Montresor Herringbone (Price) who is haunted by the ghost of his own black cat, Pluto. His wife, Annabel (Maggie Pierce), feels neglected and resentful towards her husband and takes a liking to Pluto. Montresor, in a rage, kills Pluto, only to then see the same cat reappearing in the most unexpected places.

In the final story, "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar," Price plays Dr. James Carmichael, who is studying the effects of hypnosis on the human mind. He employs the help of a dying man named M. Valdemar (Leona Gage), who agrees to be hypnotized before he dies in order to determine whether or not the hypnotic state can be sustained after death. The experiment goes horribly wrong, and the consequences are shocking.

Throughout the movie, Price's exceptional acting brings to life the complex and enigmatic characters created by Poe. His portrayal of the macabre and eerie settings in which the stories are set are both eerie and beautiful. Maggie Pierce delivers a haunting performance as Herringbone's wife, Annabel, while Leona Gage perfectly captures the horror of M. Valdemar's situation.

The film's director, Roger Corman, manages to balance the macabre with the humorous elements in each of the stories. This unique blend of horror and comedy is a common thread throughout the movie, and is what sets Tales of Terror apart from other movies of its time. The use of dark humor is a means of dealing with the terror and the macabre that the characters experience in each story.

Tales of Terror is a movie that is both entertaining and thought-provoking. Poe's stories are masterfully brought to life by a talented cast, and Corman's direction and storytelling shine. The film keeps the audience on the edge of their seats, with unexpected plot twists and unsettling suspense that will make you jump in your seat. With incredible performances, stunning visuals, and a unique blend of horror and comedy, "Tales of Terror" is a must-see for any fan of classic horror cinema.

In conclusion, Tales of Terror is a classic horror movie with a macabre twist. It is a testament to the skill of the cast and director that they were able to create a story that is both frightening and entertaining. The movie proves to be an instant classic, standing the test of time and remaining a beloved horror movie to this day. For those who are looking for a good scare, coupled with a good laugh, Tales of Terror is the movie for you.

Tales of Terror is a 1962 horror movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 29 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.8 and a MetaScore of 68.

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    6.8  (8,336)
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